Offered by: Robert Funk Fine Art
1581 Brickell Ave., Suite 2303 Miami, FL 33129 , United States Call Seller 305.857.0521


Devil: No Horns, African American Harlem Renaissance

$ 30,000
  • Description
    In a 1971 interview with Ebony Magazine, Alvin Hollinsworth commented on his African Jesus Christ painting, "I have always felt that Christ was a Black man".
    In 1970, Hollingsworth attracted widespread critical acclaim with his exhibition," The Prophet," exhibited in the Harbor Gallery and then on to the Studio Museum in Harlem and finally to the Staten Island Museum. Romare Bearden compared Hollingsworth to African American artist Harry O. Tanner in a review of his Prophet series exhibited in 1970.
    "Devil: No Horns, Burning in Hell " is most likely from the same period and addresses themes of religion, race, and allegory It features a bald, shirtless Black Man in profile. He has accentuated pointed ears and stands stoically and impervious rising flames surrounding him. Agitated bravura brush strokes combined with vibrant color directly out of the tube characterize the paint application's chromatic richness and tactile surface. This may be a self-portrait depicting the artist's spirited inner state.
    It is best viewed with a top gallery light to bring out color.

    In 1965, Hollingsworth exhibited at the renowned Terry Dintenfass Gallery, Ward Eggleston Gallery, New York and Lee Nordness Galleries, New York . He took part in a panel discussion on the Harlem Black art movement at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and at the Corcoran Art Gallery.
    He is in the permanent collection of the Brooklyn Museum, The African Museum in Washington. Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Brooklyn Museum, IBM Collection, Williams College Art Collection. Johnson Publishing Art Collection. Chase Manhattan Bank. 1971 : Whitney Museum of American Art Contemporary Black Artists in America exhibition.
    Along with E. Simms Campbell, Hollingsworth was on of the first comic book artists/illustrators and then moved on to a career as a fine art painter. From 1980 until retiring in 1998 he taught art as a professor at Hostos Community College of the City University of New York. As a painter, his subjects included such contemporary social issues as civil rights for women and African Americans, as well as jazz and dance... represented a "philosophical symbol of any of the modern prophets who have been trying to show us the right way. To me, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King are such prophets." An authority on fluorescent paint, he worked in both representational and abstract art.

    In the summer of 1963, Hollingsworth and fellow African-American artists Romare Bearden and William Majors formed the group Spiral in order to help the Civil Rights Movement through art exhibitions.] At some point during the 1960s, he directed an art program teaching young students commercial art and fine art at the Harlem Parents Committee Freedom School.
    Hollingsworth's parents cam from Barbados and settled in Harlem in the early 1920s. He grew up in the center of flowering African-American culture called the "Harlem Renaissance.
    “Harlem was a thriving community which pulsated with life, a convergence of sight, sound and color, and a pivot for people of color. A community which supported art created within its confines, jazz, poetry, murals, sculpture, and paintings. This was the world Alvin grew up in.”

    -Valliere Richard Auzenne, Hollingsworth biographer, Quoted in Ink-Slinger Profiles: A. C. Hollingsworth

    “…when ‘Spiral’ came along, I really got involved. I had grown up in a gang era. Bopping clubs and fighting chiefs were everywhere. And it seemed to me that the pressures on minorities stemmed at least partially from urbanism – the crowding, the competition, the slums, the situations and conditions that the city creates. I felt that I could make a contribution through my feeling about the city.”

    -Al Hollingsworth in Black Art – An International Quarterly, 1977
  • More Information
    Documentation: Signed
    Period: 1950-1979
    Materials: Oil on Masonite
    Condition: Good. Significate 1.5-inch bowing to the masonite on bottom. It appears that someone squeezed the masonite panel into a slightly smaller frame
    Creation Date: 1963-1970
    Styles / Movements: Post War, Surrealism, Outsider Art
    Incollect Reference #: 675975
  • Dimensions
    W. 24 in; H. 17.75 in;
    W. 60.96 cm; H. 45.09 cm;
Message from Seller:

You'll find an eclectic group of art works at Robert Funk Fine Art. 45 years of experience has shaped Director Robert Funk's multi-perspective approach to presenting art. As an undergrad in painting, he studied with great teachers such as first-generation abstract expressionist Robert Richenburg and hyper-realist painter Janet Fish. In Graduate School he worked with famed critic E.C. Goossen and went on to work as a Photographer, New York Advertising Art Director, and Art Collector.

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